About half of the ethanol-blended petrol sold in six cities of Hubei province have failed an inspection by the authorities, a spokesman for the Chinese province’s Industrial and Commercial Administration Bureau said on Wednesday, according to a report on ICIS news.
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My friend Keith Tan Liming says
Looks to me like the spirit is willing but there needs to be more education in China about biofuels.
17 samples were found not to have contained ethanol at all, while seven were found to have an octane rating and oxide content exceeding permissible standards, he noted.
Another spokesman from the bureau said that two reasons for this finding could be the higher costs involved in producing ethanol-blended petrol and drivers’ relative unfamiliarity with the product resulting in poorer demand for it.